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Ex-Canadian Official’s Son Sent To Prison

OTTAWA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — John “Jack” Tobin, the son of ex-Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Tobin, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for a drunken driving death. The 24-year-old also was banned from driving for seven years, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Tobin pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death in the […]

Father Suspects Son’s A Killer

FORT BRAGG, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) — The father of a man suspected in the slaying of a Northern California city councilman said he believes his son likely committed another killing 30 miles away. The suspect, Aaron Bassler, 35, allegedly was guarding two small opium poppy fields he cultivated on private wooded land when he […]

15 Killed In Six Days In Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Authorities say they’re investigating 15 slayings that occurred in Tijuana, Mexico, in a six-day span. The killings brought the number of homicides in the city this year to 341, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. All the killings occurred on the city’s east side, three of them Monday, the […]

Report: Cantor Softens On Disaster Relief

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 31 (UPI) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., seemed Wednesday to soften his insistence that Hurricane Irene disaster aid be offset by cuts in other spending. Cantor had told Fox News Channel this week the federal government would “find the money if there is a need for additional money but those […]

Suspect In U.S. Woman’s Disappearance Held

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Maryland man arrested in Aruba after his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner, vanished can be held for another 60 days, a judge ruled Wednesday. Gary Giordano, 50, has not been formally charged with anything, although he was jailed soon after Gardner vanished Aug. 2, ABC News reported. He told […]

Woman Charged With Molesting Kid Relatives

WINCHESTER, Ky., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Kentucky woman has been charged with sexually molesting a boy and girl, both relatives of hers. Juanita Fisher, 34, of Charlestown. Ky., appeared in court Tuesday in Clark County, WLKY-TV, Louisville, reported. Bail was set at $75,000. Fisher has been charged with incest and molesting children. She was […]

Court Case Provides Rendition Details

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Details of the CIA’s rendition program became public because of a money dispute between two U.S. contractors involved in a flight to transport a terror suspect. A British organization, Reprieve, discovered 1,500 pages of legal documents filed in Columbia County in upstate New York, The Washington Post reported. Reprieve alerted […]

Woman Sues Over Jail Delivery 14 Years Ago

SEATTLE, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Seattle woman suing King County is to soon get her day in court to air allegations she had a baby in 1997 while locked in a county jail cell by herself. Her lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 12 in U.S. District Court, the online newspaper Seattlepi.com […]

Black Death Confirmed As Bubonic Plague

HAMILTON, Ontario, Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Black Death that decimated the population of Europe in the 14th century was definitely caused by bubonic plague, a DNA analysis of medieval bones has shown. While some researchers have suggested the epidemic was in fact caused by a virus such as Ebola, the analysis of DNA from […]

Twin Spacecraft Prepared For Moon Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) — NASA says final preparations are under way for a launch of twin satellites intended to study the moon in greater detail than ever before. The space agency’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission is set for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station […]

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